Published by Darkfuse on August 19th 2014
Genres: Apocalyptic, Extreme Horror, Horror, Sci-Fi
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The following is based on an eARC made available by DarkFuse Publishing through NetGalley.
At about the halfway point of Tim Curran’s soon to be released novella, I found myself wondering what goes on in this author’s head. Specifically: What makes him tick? How does he come by his ideas? And whether he keeps himself awake at night thinking up the horrors that he inflicts upon his readers? But by the end of the read, I’d decided I really didn’t want to know.
Such is the scope and impact of the visceral horror Curran presents in Blackout.
Clocking in at a short 95 pages, Blackout is just about the perfect horror novella. It opens quickly, builds a sense of the world in which it is set, and then proceeds to take savage joy in utterly destroying that world in truly incredible and imaginative ways. In essence, Blackout tells the story of middle-aged Jon and his neighbours as they attempt to survive a sudden attack by things that initially remain hidden following a blackout at night. Curran spends a little time building a creeping sense of dread, before he sets an array of horrors onto his cast of just developed-enough characters in increasingly grotesque and gore-soaked fashion. Believe me when I say tentacles falling from the sky – as described in the blurb – barely scratches the surface of what Curran has in store for his readers here.
In this instance, Curran’s writing is razor sharp. Those who have complained that he is too literary and over-descriptive in his longer works have nothing to fear here, as virtually every word powerfully conveys what protagonist Jon and his allies are going through.
Reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Mist, perfectly paced, and incredibly imaginative, Blackout is apocalyptic horror at its very finest, with an ending that also manages to be cleverly thought-provoking.
Highest possible recommendation.
5 Constricting Tentacles for Blackout.